Teen pulls the unthinkable out of his ear after an excruciating earache

Jul 1, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. ET
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This is the kind of hyped-up horror story you would hope to only see on Fear Factor, but the worst part is that it's true. And it happened to a 14-year-old boy in Arkansas.

Grant Botti says that after waking up in excruciating pain in one ear, he decided to investigate further. Grant felt a strange sensation in his ear, reached in and pulled out a four-inch centipede.

A four-inch centipede. This is the stuff nightmares are made of.


Image: Angela Botti

Grant was taken by his mother Angela Botti to the Saline County emergency room. Botti was quick on her feet and transported the live centipede in a plastic bag with them. After a doctor checked Grant over at Saline Memorial, only small abrasions in his eardrum were detected. Grant was treated at the emergency room and released shortly after.

Grant Botti

Image: Angela Botti

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Now to the question on everyone's minds: Where did this oversized centipede come from, and how did it get in a teenage boy's ear? The only possible explanation Botti came up with was that Grant had been swimming outdoors recently, which certainly isn't a comfort to any parent. Saline Memorial medical staff also said that a huge, live centipede in an ear was a first for them, and they have seen "all kinds of things" in people's ears.

So let's recap this real-life horror story. A teenage boy was swimming outside and participating in typical summer activities, he goes to sleep, he wakes up in terrible pain, he roots around in his ear and he pulls out a giant centipede. Nope, this did not make me feel any better. Stringing the facts of the story together actually made me feel worse.

A few commenters posed "conspiracy theories" for this terrible tale. While Grant's mom believes he may have procured the ear-bug outdoors, other commenters shared stories of finding centipedes in their beds as kids when living in an older house.

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Since Grant made it through the whole disgusting ordeal in one piece, he's going to have an amazing story to tell for the rest of his life. From what I hear, teenage boys are kind of into that. As a mom of two sons who will be teenagers in a few years, I'm stunned. I will officially lose it if my sons ever pull anything like this out of their ears.